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Free things to do in Montréal this summer

One of the best things about Montréal in summer is how easy it is to happen upon free concerts by major music stars, see a high-wire circus act in a park, find games for kids in a downtown square or fireworks shows in the night sky. Festival freedom in June Montréal’s many festivals almost always have a free component. First: we’ve made both a 2016 summer festival guide and a guide to summer music festivals to help navigate all that’s going on. Second: Here’s a look at some of the free stuff. Just before summer’s official start, two festivals give us free, family-friendly concerts by local and visiting musicians: Les FrancoFolies festival of French-language music on several stages at Place des Festivals in the Quartier des Spectacles until June 18, and the Montreal Folk Festival on the Canal, outdoors in the sun by the Lachine Canal and Atwater Market, June 15-19. The Montréal St-Ambroise Fringe Festival brings free theatre and live music into its eclectic mix at Fringe Park (corner of St-Laurent and Rachel) to June 19. And there’s free art to be seen and music to be heard at MURAL Festival’s final weekend, June 18-19. In Old Montréal, the Montréal Baroque Festival takes us… / Read More →

Five films to check out at FIFA

The 2015 edition of International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) isn’t only exciting because it’s got nearly 243 films about art on view – it’s also an edifying excuse to stay indoors and avoid the last bit of cold. From March 19 to 29 in cinemas all over the downtown core, the range of films shown is one of the festival’s best assets – proving that art is in everything, from architecture to dance to animation. Here are five films in English (or with English subtitles) presented at FIFA 2015 that you won’t want to miss. Escape From Moomin Valley, directed by Charlotte Airas This Finnish animation film profiles Tove Jansson, the woman behind the wildly famous Moomin books, a series of illustrated comic books for kids and bigger kids that has captured the imagination of generations. Jansson’s artistry went far beyond the good-hearted creatures of Moonin; she was a versatile and prolific artist and author, who above all considered herself a painter. Escape from Moomin Valley delves into Jansson’s life outside of the Moomins, portraying her early years and her search for an artistic identity in Europe between the two World Wars. Making Space: 5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture, directed by… / Read More →

#MTLMOMENTS Infographic: Summer Festivals in Montreal

This infographic of summer festivals in Montreal barely covers the 100+ festivals that occur throughout the year in this incredible city. For a broader look at everything that’s happening, check out our complete Festival Guide. While you’re at it, consider scrolling through our Bike Guide, Swimming Guide, Fashion Guide, Museum Guide, and Gallery Guide! Do you love infographics as much as we do? Check out our “Where To Drink In Montreal” Infographic here. Come to Montreal and book a Sweet Deal Hotel Package with up to $450 in savings on great activities and attractions!